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Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer

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5.5 Cups / 1.0 Liter
  • 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer with micro computer technology
  • Superior induction heating evenly distributes heat for excellent results
  • Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm timer
  • Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
  • Measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches

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Product Details

Size : 5.5 Cups / 1.0 Liter
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 35.6 x 20.3 cm ; 5 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 Kg
  • Item model number: NP-HBC10
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,095 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Size :5.5 Cups / 1.0 Liter

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel

Perfectly Cooked Rice with the NP-HBC10

Along with micro computer technology, this 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer provides superior induction heating for more evenly distributed heat to ensure perfectly cooked rice every time. Choose from a variety of cooking functions including white rice (regular, softer, or harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, and quick cooking. In addition, healthy cooking options include brown rice, GABA brown rice, and germinated brown rice. The unit's black, thick, spherical, inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating, and its interchangeable melody and beep signal indicates when the cooking cycle has ended. Other highlights include a detachable and washable inner lid, an easy-to-read LCD control panel with clock and timer features, and automatic keep warm and extended keep warm, as well as a delay timer with two settings and a detachable power cord. The unit's clear-coated stainless-steel exterior not only cleans easily, but also matches any kitchen decor. Accessories include a spatula, a spatula holder, and a rice-measuring cup. The 1230-watt rice cooker and warmer measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches.

Make Every Type of Rice

Brown Rice

This is a menu setting designed to cook delicious brown rice. In order to cook hard rice bran and the rice inside, preheating time is extended for better absorption of water, and is cooked at a lower temperature to allow the rice to cook longer without becoming mushy.

Sushi Rice

Because sushi rice will be processed after it's cooked, it's easier to handle when it is a little firmer. This menu setting is very similar to regular white rice, but uses less water (adjusted by the water fill lines) for a firm finish.

Mixed Rice

Mixed rice is rice cooked with additional ingredients and seasonings. This setting extends preheating for better absorption of seasoning. Also, the cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to avoid ingredients from boiling over.


Instead of cooking rice in larger amounts of water and risk making it sloppy, use the porridge setting to cook fluffy porridge. Cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to be cooked longer for soft texture.

Easy-to-read LCD control panel

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Features

  • Superior induction heating (IH) technology
  • Healthy cooking options: brown rice and GABA brown rice settings
  • Easy-to-clean clear coated stainless steel exterior
  • Automatic keep warm and extended keep warm
  • Delay timer (2 settings)
  • GABA brown setting or Brown Rice Activation activates brown rice for increased nutritional values
  • Menu settings include: white (regular, softer or harder), mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown and quick cooking
  • cETLus listed, tested to comply with FCC standards

A newly discovered way of cooking brown rice to "activate" it and increase natural occurring gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid in brown rice believed to have health giving properties such as lowering blood pressure, improving kidney function and relieving stress. The brown rice is "activated" by soaking it at 104°F for 2 hours before the actual cooking begins. All Induction Heating System rice cookers, including the IH Pressure models, have the GABA brown rice setting.

Detachable inner lid for easy cleaning
MICOM (Microcomputer) Technology

Aided by microcomputer technology, this category of rice cooker takes having rice on your menu from occasional to serious. MICOM allows the cooker to have multiple functions on its menu, making it a necessity for any avid rice fan who wants to incorporate rice into her daily diet. The microchip does all the thinking for you by, based on the type of rice you are cooking, from adjusting cooking times, temperatures, and timing the pre-soak of the raw grains to the final "wait" period during steaming.

Conventional rice cookers simply turn on and off in reaction to temperature. The "fuzzy logic" of MICOM fine-tunes this adjustment to adapt to various rice types, such as white, brown, sweet or porridge, which all have different cooking requirements. The trigger to everything is the thermal sensor, a small round button at the bottom of the inner body of the cooker. As the inner pan's weight rests on it and activates the sensor, it starts the cooking process and keeps an eye on the temperature and time.

Induction Heating (IH) system for precise temperature control

Induction Heating took rice cooking to another level by introducing another dimension to the heating process. Where the heating element would normally be located at the bottom of the cooker, IH transforms the entire inner cooking pan into a heat conductor, allowing for higher, more precise and more uniform cooking temperatures.

Induction heating occurs when a magnetic material enters a magnetic field. This is recreated by passing an electric current through coils located at the bottom of the rice cooker's body. As the special, 2-ply inner cooking pan is placed inside, a magnetic field is created, which in turn generates instant heat. The entire cooking pan becomes the heat source, with the ability to cook at higher temperatures, which can be turned on and off instantly for greater control.

Spherical inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating for perfectly cooked rice.
Accessories include rice measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula and spatula holder.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Size: 5.5 Cups / 1.0 Liter
This rice cooker replaces one of the same brand that we had a few years ago. The old one died on us but, because the brand has such a good name I decided to give it another try. Frankly, I cannot say enough about what a good rice cooker this is. I love brown rice but getting it nice and fluffy is actually not so easy. This cooker makes brown rice so scrumptiously that you will want to eat it every day. I've been using the cooker for three months and I have no criticisms at all!
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This machine is a jewel. Rice is not hard to cook, but requires supervision and cleaning of the "rice water" that inevitably bubbles out onto the stovetop. If you're like me, you also regularly end up with some rice overcooked at the bottom of the pan. No more with this machine. Rice cooks automatically after following the easy to read lines adjusting liquid volume to rice volume. You can even set the timer in the morning so the rice starts cooking before you come home. An important benefit for me is the warmer feature that keeps the rice at serving temperature for roughly 1-2 hours after its ready (and in good serving condition). This takes rice out of the equation when timing the other parts of the meal. Several good books here on Amazon have recipes for various simple and exotic rice recipes, including risotto (a more involved experience). The different menu options are invaluable including brown rice and other grains. There is an option for porridge, that you can setup the night before going to bed and wake up to porridge in the morning. An important thing to consider is the time needed to "optimally" cook rice, which includes a soaking period. Depending on the type of rice and quantity wanted the time required to cook rice from start to finish can reach 90mins. This can be shortened by using a quick-cook cycle that can take as little as 25 mins. This size is great for a family of 4.
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I have had this model of Zojirushi rice cooker for at least 6 years now...I think it's been longer, but I forget exactly when I bought it. So glad to see them on Amazon.ca now, so that it is easy for others to buy them. I've cooked every type of rice, rolled and steel cut oats, quinoa, amaranth...it has done each of them perfectly without exception. I am often surprised at how nicely it keeps the rice on the 'warm' setting, if you aren't ready to eat it right away.

A couple of things to address from other reviews I've read:
I've never had a problem with the bowl, but I do baby it. I only use the provided paddle to scoop out the rice, and when I wash it, I don't just toss it into the dish drainer with other pots etc...I make sure it is never touching metal, and put it away quickly. There isn't so much as a scratch on the inside of the pot after all these years of use.

Also, I saw someone with another model one size smaller who read that you had to make a minimum 2 cups of oatmeal in this size. I've made much less than that of several cereal grains, including steel cut oats, and it has worked just fine (in case she reads this...amazon.ca doesn't allow for comments on reviews!) :)

Best rice (and other grain) cooker out there!
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I've used multiple functions on this machine over these past few years and it still continues to deliver the same great results. Whether it be the regular or quick cook functions the results are dependable. The same rice made in this machine has been better over others I've tried. Of course taste can be subjective but the rice always comes out the way we like it every time. That's all I could ever ask for.

It is worth noting that the nonstick bowl has started to peel on the outside edge. This can be concerning on the long run and at what cost to me would it be to have to continue to purchase replacement bowls? Not sure if it's reasonable or not to expect that bowl to last longer than 3-4 years.
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This cooker has everything you could want - it schedules timimg based on when you want it done (brilliant), can germinate brown rice (no water changes and waiting), does oatmeal as well, does rice perfectly... and sings you songs. Add the measurement scales on the bowl, the temperature control and inductive cooking (more controllable than gas) and the non stick - left oatmeal in it for 48 hours and it rinsed out - yeah, it costs more than your average rice cooker, but this is a lifetime cooker - I use it about 5 times per week between rice and oatmeal, so in ten years it will cost ten cents each time.
I do have a penchant for buying the best, but it has never steered me wrong.
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I have to admit that this rice cooker is expensive. I suppose you pay what you get: it's an awesome rice cooker as described by their web site. Rice is never too hard or too soft (even if you try a new brand of rice). Before, if we pick up a new brand of rice, we always have to guess how much more or less water to add. With this rice cooker, it self-adjusts and it's very reliable. The rice comes out "fluffier" and it seems "whiter" as well. After all the research, this is the one!! You'll not be disappointed for the extra $100 you pay instead of a panasonic or similar level of rice cooker.
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